Competition Information


Competition Dates

Important dates for the 2014 Summer Sydney Royal Fine Food Show:


Entries Open: Wednesday 6 November 2013

Entries Close: Wednesday 4 December 2013 (Bakery, Coffee) / Wednesday 22 January (Aqua)

Delivery dates: Vary, depending on the Competition. Please refer to Summer Schedule.

Judging Dates: Please refer to below for specific Competiton dates.


 Aquaculture                  Wednesday 5 March 2014      
 Professional Bakery  Thursday 6 and Friday 7 March 2014
 Coffee  Sunday 9 to Tuesday 11 March 2014

The Schedule

The Schedule is the rule book that governs each Competition. It's essential reading!  


Click here to download a copy of the 2014 Summer Fine Food Show Schedule.


The Sydney Royal Fine Food Show Schedule tells you everything you need to know about the Fine Food Show. Available online as a PDF document, the Schedule lists entry fees, closing dates, delivery details, conditions of entry, Champion awards and much more. It is important that you read the Schedule carefully before entering any Fine Food Show.



What's New?

Following Exhibitor feedback and consumer demand, the following list highlights the main changes for the 2014 Competition:

  • Coffee – new award for Champion Sustainable Coffee.
  • Coffee – expanded classes for Australian single origin and estate coffee.
  • Bread, Cake and Pie Competition renamed Sydney Royal Professional Bakery Competition.
  • Professional Bakery - the introduction of an artisan bread class - made by hand.
  • Professional Bakery - the expansion of the competition to two days of judging to meet demand. 



Pasta Competition

In a new development, the Pasta Competition which is normally judged in summer will now be part of the Spring Fine Food Show. This will be an excellent addition to the Spring Show as we look to expand the products to be judged and create further opportunities for exhibitors.


To register your interest in this Spring competition, please email your contact details to



Why should I enter?

The Sydney Royal Fine Food Show offers producers a chance to benchmark themselves against the industry. By entering, you will:

  • Receive assurance of independent assessment of your product by an esteemed panel of industry professionals;
  • Have a variety of perspectives and palates assessing your product;
  • Attain quality feedback: a breakdown of your score by each attribute (i.e. taste, flavour profile) and individual product comments for many classes;
  • Receive general class comments from the judges on how the class fared;
  • Be sent a full Results Catalogue post-judging to view all the results from every class and competition;
  • As a medallist, receive a certificate and a digital medal artwork file to use in your marketing collateral;
  • As a medallist, soon receive a medal marketing and promotion kit, to guide producers with tips and tricks of marketing their product;
  • Being a part of competition organised by the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW, a 190-year old influential force in Australian agriculture.



Judges Lists

Judging panels of three to five judges are constituted from a combination of the following:


  • Food Media
  • Manufacturers and technologists from industry
  • Product users
  • Product retailers
  • Chefs
  • Other specialist judges


Names of individual judges are not released prior to judging. However judges are detailed in the Results Catalogue prepared at the end of each Show.


If you are interested in becoming a judge, please contact the coordinator on 02 9704 1299 or For a more detailed description of the judging procedure for each Competition, please refer to the relevant Schedule for that Fine Food Show session.



Exhibitor Confirmation Packs

All Exhibitors are issued with an Exhibitor Confirmation Pack. This will be posted out four weeks prior to the Competition. The pack contains product labels, courier and postal labels, maps and delivery instructions. 


Exhibitors will be issued with an Exhibit Confirmation Advice, otherwise known as a bench slip, which indicates the class(es) in which they have entered.



Delivery of Exhibits


A map showing where exhibits can be delivered will be posted out to all Exhibitors in their Confirmation Packs four to six weeks prior to the Competition.

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